Thanksgiving 2015

A few selects from the annual Thanksgiving frenzy in Kansas City, Kansas.

2015_11_ThanksgivingDSLR-21Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 preset2015_11_ThanksgivingDSLR-202015_11_ThanksgivingDSLR-172015_11_ThanksgivingDSLR-132015_11_ThanksgivingDSLR-192015_11_ThanksgivingDSLR-152015_11_ThanksgivingDSLR-122015_11_ThanksgivingDSLR-42015_11_ThanksgivingDSLR-102015_11_ThanksgivingDSLR-92015_11_ThanksgivingDSLR-162015_11_ThanksgivingDSLR-82015_11_ThanksgivingDSLR-32015_11_ThanksgivingDSLR-62015_11_ThanksgivingDSLR-182015_11_ThanksgivingDSLR-142015_11_ThanksgivingDSLR-112015_11_ThanksgivingDSLR-72015_11_ThanksgivingDSLR-22015_11_ThanksgivingDSLR-52015_11_ThanksgivingDSLR-1

Advertisements

Chicago

As the Uglysuits once sang, “Into a world of many, windy dreams…my mind, it took me to Chicago.”

Processed with VSCOcam with b5 preset

My plane landed around 8AM and with just a backpack and freshly baked loaf of bread, I boarded the “L” at Midway and journeyed to the South Loop. From there, I met Callie and we were non stop! From Garfield Park Conservatory and Millennium Park (Lurie Garden FTW!) to The Art Institute of Chicago and the 96th floor of the Hancock Tower, Saturday was a day well spent.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with b5 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with b5 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with b5 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with b1 preset

And of course for dinner we wolfed down an entire Giordano’s pizza!

Sunday came too soon, and I briefly walked along Lakeshore Drive before enjoying Chez Wohletz’s (aka Callie and Jerry) freshly crafted frittata and butternut squash and apple soup!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Till next time Chicago…

Lawrence Orchard Farms

Hello October! Is it really fall already? I can’t believe so much time has passed (and yet I can, fail). Fall movies are upon us, and with the thin, crisp air comes the urge to apple and pumpkin pick!

During the last weekend in September, Nadia, Rachel, and I went upstate to Lawrence Orchard Farms. We immediately developed veggie and fruit FOMO and had an amazing time picking our own apples, broccoli, peaches, kale and more!

2015_09_LOF-1 2015_09_LOF-17 2015_09_LOF-20 2015_09_LOF-23 2015_09_LOF-27 2015_09_LOF-14 2015_09_LOF-13 2015_09_LOF-5 2015_09_LOF-12 2015_09_LOF-4

Poppyseed Lemon Cake

Deb Perelman never disappoints. My latest foray into her kitchen awesomeness involved Nadia and me recreating this Poppyseed Lemon cake. Emphasis on the poppy.

LemonPoppy-5 LemonPoppy-8 LemonPoppy-6 LemonPoppy-4 LemonPoppy-3 LemonPoppy-1 LemonPoppy-2

In the end our cake turned out a little crispy (I shook my fist at the oven) but next time around I think I’d add more zest!

Saturday Morning Cinnamon Rolls

Summers in Brooklyn can be humid and taxing, especially when one’s favorite months are from October to March. But despite the season, I can’t help it when I get a hankering to bake! So this morning, I set out to make my mom’s cinnamon rolls.

CinnamonRoll-15

Gone are my midewst days of expansive kitchen islands and endless counter space so I did some googling and found that if one used a pastry cloth (like this one), you can roll out your dough on just about any hard surface. Challenge accepted!

CinnamonRoll-10 CinnamonRoll-14 CinnamonRoll-12 CinnamonRoll-11

I followed the instructions better than most would and made a substitution for shortening as I did not have that readily in my pantry. Apparently using the same amount of butter usually does the trick.

In the end, my rolls came about a bit dry and crispy. I might reduce my baking time next round and perhaps be more generous with the butter and cinnamon.

CinnamonRoll-8 CinnamonRoll-6

However, when the roommate strolled in sleepy-eyed, half awake making coffee, I took joy in the fact that she reached for a roll and then quickly asked for a second ;DCinnamonRoll-1